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Faux Planked Coffee Table

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The Silver Troll strikes again!  (I've decided to name my trash-seeking alter-ego: silver mini van trolling the 'hood for garbage. That's me.)
A bit used and abused, this table was part of a moving purge. In addition to the tattered top it also had a screw loose, literally, one of the screws fell out underneath. 


Took a couple turns for the paint stripper and some sanding to clean up the top. To create the faux planks I used my dremel (click here to see short tutorial).

Used Wood Conditioner before applying two coats of Early American stain & sealer.

I wanted more definition between the "boards," so I took a thin water color paintbrush and delicately applied Walnut stain into the grooves.

Finished off the top with two coats of lacquer.


The legs were first sloppily layered with homemade beige chalk paint. A white acrylic paint was then dry brushed sparingly. Lacquer sealed the finish.


The lighting isn't the best in any of these pics but you can kinda see …

Checker Board End Table

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Remember the cigar-box-checkers-board I made earlier this month? I expressed my surprise at how time consuming it was to paint a checker board pattern and resolved next time to use scrapbook paper as an "easier" way to create the same pattern.  Yeah, not so much easier, but then again, I complicated it. 
I chose a vintage book page with a picture that was a bit tricky to stagger while maintaining the essence of the image. Now, if I had just used plain old book pages without an illustration this process would have gone a lot faster. Lesson learned.

An old creme cheese container with a french print served as the box for the checker pieces. I used the same method & materials for these checker pieces as I did for the cigar box checkers. 

 The end table is a fairly large and sturdy table and was part of a set found on freecycle a couple years back. 
On the left is the first table that, out of curiosity, I had stripped the top.  That end table became part of my door-table/shel…

Upcycled Candle Jars

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These old candle jars were fished out of my craft supply. I really can't tell you how long they've been stashed away for a project of unknown vision. One jar is from Yankee Candle Company and the other one is some mysterious store brand bought somewhere at some point in time. After the candles burned down, I just couldn't toss out such lovely jars with lids. 
Cleaning the jars is a simple process. I DO NOT recommend microwaving the jars to melt the wax, the end of the wick is secured with a metal tab. Instead, using an old pot, I set the jar in boiling water. Using an oven mitt I carefully poured out the melted wax into a tin can, saving it for later for who-knows-what (you know you're a hoarder when...). After the jar cooled, I sprayed it with rubbing alcohol and wiped clean with a rag. 
I went with a spring themed creation. 
Bless Our Nest
Didn't realize until I enlarged this photo that it looks like a bird mug shot. When seen from an angle, this is an adorable bi…

Map Topped Night Stand

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The beauty started off as a generic prefab night stand discarded during a movers purge. It was a little sad and worn...totally forgot to take a before pic. 
Anyways, after a good washing, some TLC, and a few coats of homemade chalk paint in off white this night stand was ready to stand out. I wanted to do another paint stick top but didn't have enough on hand to cover this top. Plan B: fabric. 
Fabric remnant from Hobby Lobby, its so cute I'm seriously thinking of buying the bolt. Its a repeating map pattern rather than an actual map so I positioned the remnant based on the pattern rather than the edges of the fabric. Mod Podge was used to adhere to the top then added a couple coats on top of the fabric before sealing the entire piece with lacquer.  pic came out a bit blurry here...but you get the idea


 Original hardware spray painted with Dutch Boy brand gold enamel. Its a go-to color for me.
Mod Podged some scrap book paper to the bottoms of each drawer to hide stains that wo…

Cigar Box Checkers Board

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This is one of those projects where I thought I could whip out four or five of these in no time. Its a simple idea...but making the chalkboard pattern is more time consuming than it looks. As a result, I've only made one of these. 




The box is already black so I used painters tape to create the pattern prior to painting the white squares. That was the monotonous part, using an exacto knife to cut out every.single.white.square. UGH! Tedious. Time consuming. 








(I have another project in the works where I used scrapbook paper to create the pattern. I'll share my thoughts on that later.)










Originally I was going to make it a chess/checkers set and had scoured Pinterest for fun DIY chess piece ideas, but I was loosing steam FAST for this project and just wanted to get it done and over with. Instead I settled for Mod podging stars to the flat side of the decorative rocks (Dollar Tree) for the "king me."  There is definitely some room in here for chess pieces, too. If it sits too…

Bottle Cap Flowers -- Most Popular Booth Item

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These cute flowers were a last minute make before moving into the booth. I was simply trying to add some smaller items and didn't really think that they would sell...and keep selling! I've already lost count on how many I have made.






The inspiration came from Amanda at http://craftsbyamanda.com/bottle-cap-flower/.
(You gotta click over and see the horse she also made from bottle caps...so cute!!!)


Each flower is composed of thirteen bottle caps, a juice lid, wire, and a wooden or metal stem. E6000 glue holds everything together nicely. 
Where, oh where, did I get enough bottle caps to make a mini garden? Once upon a time I had a bottle cap tray makeover on my "to-craft-soonish" list and began collecting caps from glass sodas & beer. Zeal for that project waned but I continued to collect caps for the next two years...you know, just in case. 
So.glad.I.did! It's paid off, literally! 
But now I am nearly out of caps...would it be weird if I stalked bars on Friday…